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Quick Travel Tips for Children

A little caution goes a long, long way.

Traveling with kids during for church-related event can be a challenge. Here's what the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has to say when it comes to keeping them safe, whether on the road or in the air. Consider keeping these tips in a handy place for pre-trip planning.

When Traveling by Car

Always use a car safety seat for infants and children under 40 pounds. A rear-facing car seat should be used until your child has reached 1 year of age AND weighs at least 20 pounds. Once your child is at least 1 year of age and at least 20 pounds, he can ride in a forward-facing car seat, but it is better to keep him rear-facing to the highest weight and/or height allowed by his car safety seat.

A child who has outgrown her car safety seat with a harness (she has reached the top weight or height allowed for her seat, her shoulders are above the top harness slots, or her ears have reached the top of the seat) should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle's seat belt fits properly ...

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